At Falcon Maintenance Ipswich we love seeing the fascias, eaves and guttering of Suffolk properties all aglow with magical coloured lights as Christmas approaches.
Nothing beats decorating the exterior of your Suffolk home or business with Christmas lights to make everything feel jolly festive and give the neighbourhood a good dose of Christmas cheer.
Climbing up to the roofline can also be an opportunity to check the state of your rainwater system. And if you’ve any concerns about leaves and debris in your gutters, then Falcon Maintenance along with their latest gutter clearing technology are only a quick call away.
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Putting up Christmas lights at roofline level
So what outdoor lights are you choosing this year? Sparkling fairy lights? Icicle lights? Coloured LEDs seasonal nets, strings or curtains? Mains or battery powered?
Whatever sort lights your Christmas candle, you’ll want to ensure that they are displayed safely and securely – and that means more than just ensuring that you have weatherproof outdoor lights, extension leads and cabling. Extra care and the right equipment is required to attach outdoor lights at height and especially to your property’s guttering.
Falcon Maintenance Wise Tip 1: Getting up to the guttering
You’ll need a ladder to hang your Christmas lights at height, but be sure to put safety first. Having someone at the foot of the ladder is always very important and you must ensure that the ladder is on solid, level ground and that you can reach the highest point where you’ll be hanging the lights without standing on the top step.
Never lean your ladder on the guttering itself – always use a ladder stay and pitch the ladder on the property’s external walls.
Falcon Maintenance Wise Tip 2: Love your guttering
Before putting up outdoor Christmas lights on your roofline, or rearranging any decorations which may already be in place, use the opportunity to do a quick check of the guttering and down-pipe joints.
Is the guttering firmly attached and supported? Is the gutter channel clear or is there a build-up of moss or leaves? Are any of the end joints blocked by debris or loose? Leaky guttering and blocked drainpipes can easily cause water ingress and damp issues within your property.
A quick call to Falcon Maintenance can result in a full assessment of your rainwater system using our camera technology – guttering can be cleaned swiftly and efficiently with any repair or replacement undertaken as appropriate.
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Never screw your decorations or light supports into the guttering. Gutter hooks or light clips made from durable plastic are available from builders’ merchants and DIY stores.
Falcon Maintenance Wise Tip 3: Clip lights to your guttering with care
Easy to use, gutter hook light clips simply clip over the guttering. You’ll need a set of gutter hooks for each string of Christmas lights you wish to install. When placing the clips, if you notice that your UPVC guttering, facias and sofits are dirty, why not give Falcon Maintenance a call and book in for a full external cleaning package to make them like new?
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A properly installed gutter of a reasonable age should have no issue with supporting the weight of regular strings of outdoor Christmas lights with clips used at 30-50 centimetre intervals. That’s about 25 clips for a 12 metre cable of lights, but it’s always good to have a few spares.
If you are installing heavier Christmas lights like icicle lights or lights with shades, space the clips closer together to take the weight. That’s about 40 clips per 12 metre cable of lights.
To install the lights neatly, plug them in - but do not switch on. Work backwards from the socket, clipping the cable into the hooks and avoid pulling on the cable or allowing the string to hang loosely. Make sure the end of the string is firmly secured with a clip.
We hope that you - and all those around you - enjoy your Christmas lights display this year.
From all at Falcon Maintenance, thank you to all for your custom and support over the past year. Have a safe and happy Christmas.
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